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Situated in Newry, this eco-friendly hotel is close to Crossmaglen Square and Creggan Parish Church. Area attractions also include Cardinal O' Fiaich Centre ...
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The pretty little town of Warrenpoint is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore all the things County Down has to offer. Thanks to its attractive shingle beach it is particularly well suited for families looking for a relaxing getaway and there is plenty of accommodation to choose from in the area.
Whatever your budget, whether you want to treat your family to a luxurious four or five star holiday or you want a bargain break, you should have few problems finding the perfect place to stay. There are plenty of guesthouses and beds and breakfasts offering traditional home comforts or, if your kids like lots of space to run around in, you could look at renting a holiday home, cottage or apartment. If you’re on a hiking holiday with your family check out one of the hostels in the area.
Warrenpoint sits on the northern shore of Carlingford Lough and is separated from the Republic of Ireland by a narrow strait. Surrounded by the Mourne Mountains, which can be easily explored by car or on foot, the town is well known for its beautiful scenery. The gently sloping beach has lots of facilities and there’s a promenade which is popular with all types of walkers. The beach also provides a focal point for activities on the lough - kayaking, banana boating, jet skiing and canoeing are just a few of the things you can enjoy in Warrenpoint.
County Down is brimming with excellent golf clubs and Warrenpoint is home to one of the very best. The attractive parkland course overlooks Carlingford Lough and is famous for having helped shape the careers of several high profile stars.
Other attractions in the area include Narrow Water Keep, a three-storey tower house built in 1560 to protect the entrance to the Newry estuary, and Narrow Water Castle which, despite its name, is actually a stately home dating from 1840.
When you travel with children, particularly younger ones, it’s really important to spend some time thinking carefully about what you want from your accommodation. Your chosen base, whether you opt for a hotel, guesthouse or hostel, is going to be turned into a busy hub of activity.
Young children are probably going to need to make regular return visits to their rooms for a change of clothes, take a nap or enjoy a bit of downtime. Remember, too, that you may also be going to bed earlier than normal so you need to make sure you have all the home comforts you need.
So what can you do to make life in your holiday home a little more comfortable? If you’re staying in a hotel you can start by asking for a larger family room and checking to see if there are child-friendly menus, free cots and in-room Wi-Fi. You may also want to consider staying somewhere central so everything you need, whether it’s a chemist, convenience store or supermarket, is close by.